Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
AsiaNews: It is in Iraq that the Church of the Arab world suffers today. That is where the passion of the mystical body of Christ is renewing itself, following the rule laid down by Saint Paul that “If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it”. Poignant and striking. There are no words strong enough to describe what our eyes saw yesterday in the … More →
CNS: Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Michigan, has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq. Sister Maria Hanna, the superior, and 51 other Dominican sisters, along with their family members and other villagers were driven from the Ninevah Plain by Islamic … More →
UCANews: 52-year-old Father Joseph Lu Genjun from the unofficial community of Baoding of Hebei province was released on August 9 after eight years of isolation and imprisonment. At the time of his arrest, Father Lu had been carrying out the functions of the episcopal vicar of the diocese, after Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding and Auxiliary Bishop Francis An Shuxin of Baoding were seized … More →
Aleteia: ISIS, the radical Islamist group that forced Christians out of Mosul with the threat of death, has taken control of most of the villages of the Nineveh Plain, the northern area where Iraqi Christians have hunkered down in what is appearing increasingly to look like ethnic cleansing.In a statement in which the Vatican referst to “terrible developments,” Pope Francis has called for help from the … More →
Catholic Culture: Two churches in Thonon-les-Bains, a city of 30,000 in eastern France, were desecrated on August 5, according to Le Messager, a newspaper based in Chablais. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
1Peter5: Tulsa Diocese Appeal: As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we … More →
From Gaza to Mosul to America’s southern border to Ukraine, there is an awful lot of Bad News — so much so that it deserves to be capitalized. We are assured of these things, however: “And where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Rom. 5:20). “And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to … More →
This is an issue that we have touched upon many times on this site. (ChurchMilitant.TV) One survey after another keeps coming out showing how young men are in increasing danger. In danger that is, of losing any sense of who they are, of their masculine identity – that is, what little of it the prevailing liberal culture will let them maintain – which is to … More →
You don’t have to be a Fox News fan to enjoy this. (The New American) The National Organization for Women has put The Little Sisters of the Poor on a list of “Dirty 100″ organizations waging legal battles against the federal mandate for contraceptive coverage in health insurance provided by employers. The designation has caused no small amount of controversy, most notably on The Kelly File on … More →
The Catholic World Report: The Diocese of Baton Rouge is protesting a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that the diocese contends requires one of its priests to violate the seal of confession. In May, the state Supreme Court ruled that a hearing be held to determine whether or not Father Jeff Bayhi heard the confession of a then-12-year-old girl who claims to have told … More →
The indignation expressed by Rorate Caeli deserves to be echoed. We are not a serious people. It’s one thing to have legitimate diversions, recreations, pastimes, and hobbies. It is quite another when games of football become an obsession and “news,” especially when our Catholic brothers and sisters are being butchered by the Prophet’s fanatical minions, mostly due to the foreign policy of our own nation, … More →
CatholicOnline: The attack in Bambari, 236 miles northeast of the capital of Bangui, came shortly before French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was expected to visit. A grenade attack had injured seven French soldiers the previous week.Church officials said fighters from the Seleka rebel movement and armed civilians from the town’s Muslim community had invaded the St. Joseph’s Cathedral around 3 p.m. More on this developing … More →
The Times Picayune: The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. The statement, published Monday (July 7) on the diocese’s website, said forcing such … More →
Robert De Mattei, Rorate Caeli: The ultimate criteria of judgment for a Catholic must be the one of the Church: to love and hate what the Church loves and hates: loving the truth in all of its uniqueness and integrity and hating error in all of its multiplicity of expressions. Orthodoxy and heterodoxy remain the final measure of judgment which Christian Reason must be subject to. … More →